Thanks to our community of WWEDVDNews readers we now have confirmed details on the content of the new WrestleMania 1-15 DVD re-releases. Are they unedited?
First up, Matthew Periolat got hold of WrestleMania 11-15, which are out early at a number of Walmart stores now. There is no artwork present on the discs themselves. They are plain silver discs with the title of the WrestleMania shown for each and a 2013 copyright notice on the inner rings. For WrestleMania 15 we can confirm the WWF “scratch” logo is shown freely and any spoke reference to WWF is also intact. However, besides this title it would appear the events prior to 15 are the same Anthology issues – these titles will include no audible references to “WWF” and they contain the same edits the 2005 Anthology had.
The initial give away to support this theory is the opening menu and graphics which you’d be familiar with from the Anthology sets. In the case of WrestleMania 14 the old edits are present which you may recall includes the likes of the original DX band singing America the Beautiful removed, and the WWF scratch logo blurred on aprons and signs, covered up by the WWE logo on the lower left side of the screen.
WrestleMania 15 has the new “Then, Now, Forever” opening before it begins and the black ratio bars either side of the event footage, which indicates this is newly produced this year. In contrast, 14 and the older events have the WWE opening from when the Anthology was released. The old “Bodies have been broken” Do Not Try This At Home spot with Chris Benoit has not been changed for these older titles, nor the WWE Entertainment tag to open the discs that dated from when the Anthology discs were made.
We can also confirm that the error observed on the spine artwork of the new WrestleMania 15 DVD at Amazon.com (showing Bret/Shawn image from WrestleMania 12 instead of Rock/Austin) is present on the physical artwork also. You can see that here.
While the WrestleMania 15 disc is a new issue and WWF references are present throughout, there are a number of edits to it such as the Boss Man Hell in a Cell hanging cut out. There are others too, including instances of choking removed. To speculate on why only WrestleMania 15 is “unblurred” out of these new releases, it could be because the WWE already had a DVD transfer of this particular show from the original 1999 release.
Below, site commenter “kidglov3s” gives an in depth comparison of the new WrestleMania 15 DVD next to the Anthology release of that same event.
– With the exception of the ring on the disc not saying Anthology, XIV is identical to the Anthology release. It’s VOB files are dated 2005.
– Wrestlemania XV is a new disc, with VOBs dated January 2013. I did a detailed comparison of the 2005 disc to the 2013 disc. Grossly, the new disc does not blur the scratch logo or the spoken “WWF”. Finkel’s announcements are not dubbed and Tori has her original theme.
– Total running time for 2005 XV: 2:46:23, Total running time for 2013 XV: 2:39:03
– Differences that I found (time based on more complete Anthology timecode):
16:16: 2013 restores a 5 second shot of Holly walking away with the belt cut from 2005
18:39: 2013 extends the bickering of Test and D’Lo when 2005 dissolves to a shot of the audience. 2013 cuts to the audience after one second of bickering, a little before the point of the dissolve in 2005.
49:16: 2013 restores a half second shot of an audience member giving the finger.
50:29: 2013 restores a half second of dead frame as Road Dogg ducks before a cut to the crowd.
1:25:07: 2013 cuts a 10 second shot of Big Pun in the crowd.
1:27:01-1:27:06: Alternate footage. The lead in on both cuts is Tori walking to the ring. 2005 cuts to 5 seconds of video package from Raw, 2013 cuts to Tori attempting to slide into the ring and getting an axe handle from Sable. At 1:27:06 2005 and 2013 are in sync again, with 2005 not showing the axe handle at all.
1:30:57-1:31:06: Alternate angles. 2013 shows this attempt at a Sable Bomb in a single close profile shot. 2005 cuts to a wider profile shot and then to a shot from behind Sable.
1:33:04: 2013 restores an extra 1 second of Lawler before the X-Pac/Shane match graphic, and the graphic runs about 5 seconds longer as well. It’s interesting because in 2005 it flashes to the DX promo, while in 2013 in dissolves to the promo, so in 2005 you can like see everyone with their eyes down, which you don’t notice in 2013 because of the dissolve. By the time the dissolve finishes everyone’s eyes are up.
1:48:18-1:50:50: 2013 removes the Undertaker video package in its entirety, though it does tack on a 3 second shot of the M&M blimp in its place.
1:58:44-1:59:02: 2013 removes Boss Man choking Undertaker, replacing 18 seconds of violence with 3 seconds of Paul Bearer B roll.
2:04:20-2:07:56: 2013 completely removes the hanging of Boss Man, cutting right to the Rage Party.
2:07:59: 2013 is reversed here for some reason, and notice whatever kinda ghosting or overlay is goingon with the WWF logo.
2:08:07: 2013 cuts 30 seconds of the Rage party vignette here.
2:08:52: 2013 cuts a 4 second shot from the Rage party.
2:25:35-2:25:50: 2013 cuts Austin choking Rock, replacing it with a three second crowd shot.
2:45:34: 2013 completely cuts Undertaker/Boss Man from music video, and oddly also the Shawn/Vince stuff afterward, picking up with the shot of The Rock’s entrance.
Some title graphics were not altered for 2005 (Hardcore, Brawl for All), but the ones that were are restored on 2013:
Thanks to all of the WWEDVDNews readers who got involved in confirming this news!
The new WrestleMania 1-15 DVDs are officially released on March 12th. View them all.
What are the DVD Extras of Wrestlemania 15 ? Silver vision.
Once I saw all the Wrestlemanias from 1-15 on DVD I marked out and said “I must have these” but once I saw the prices at Walmart they are $9.96 plus tax which would be more then if you got the anthology on ebay or amazon. Now, I’ve always wanted the Wrestlemania Anthology full set released in 2005, but could not afford it but I see the prices are going down for the volume sets. Currently I have Wrestlemanias 19-28 on dvd/blu-ray but I always wanted to complete my entire set so should I get the anthology set instead or the 2013 re-releases?
Is the Big Boss Man’s entrance shown on the new Wrestlemania 15 dvd?
But the question remains, “Are they worth to purchase??”
i am glad i have the orginal wm 15 dvd master of it. it was there first dvd
I’m waiting for them to release another anthology hopefully soon. WWE should really shell out the big bucks to replace the original Wrestlemania anthology uncut and uncensored. Like seriously.
Anthology is much better value for money. It actually works out cheaper if you add the cost of all 15 of these DVDs plus the Anthology goes up to WM 21!
I’ll just stick with the PPV versions, thanks.
What’s the difference with the WM III anthology release and the stand alone WM III DVD they released a couple years ago?
The standalone WM III is two disc – first disc is identical to the Anthology release and the second disc is the same event but with VH1 style trivia popups with facts during the matches. It also has tons of bonus stuff with various interviews from Superstars, Contract signing with Hogan/Andre and 20 man battle royal from SNME.
“2013 removes the Undertaker video package in its entirety, though it does tack on a 3 second shot of the M&M blimp in its place.”
Thank God they left the blimp!!!
I have Wrestlemania 9 and 10 on tagged classic and they are not edited in any way and actually include the enjoyable pre show countdowns which is a plus and more worth your money, 2 great mania’s that i enjoyed,
I had Wrestlemania 3 and 4 tagged classic before i sold it which i regret now and i when i watched wrestlemania 4 there dint seem to be any edits it was 3hrs and 30 mins long which i think the anthology version runs for aswell, Wrestlemania 3 was edited quite a bit, No Entrances were shown and macho man interview is cut but is shown in the anthology version
Wrestlemania 1 & 2 & 5 & 6 & 7 tagged classic versions are edited here and there, Wrestlemania’s 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 are the full versions that originally aired on ppv, Wrestlemania 2000 Tagged classic picture quality is quite bad but acceptable up until the 1hr 30min mark where the picture goes back to the quality it should,
Wrestlemania 1-8 i would get the anthology versions despite the edited entrance themes and would pick up Wrestlemania 9-18 on tagged classic or 15-18 on original dvd.
So the long and short of it is that if I have the 4 volumes of the Wrestlemania Anthology I’m better off with what I have in terms of full content?
Just to clear up that the Tagged Classic releases are the original VHS versions transfered to DVD from the mastertapes up to 1999 as from there they are direct copies of the DVD releases which were available at that time. So even on Tagged Classics you also get the original extras which were available on the original DVD release aswell.
If you want to own the full uncut versions of WM 14 and 15 then Tagged Classics is the only way. The Bossman hanging is intact as is everything else. Infact WrestleMania’s 8-18 are uncut and unedited on Tagged Classics nothing has been removed they are the full untouched ppv’s apart from the sponsor adverts of course.
Actually Tagged Classics are direct transfers of previous releases so Big Bossman’s entrance is cut out of WM 15 and Saliva’s “Superstar” is dubbed with Drowning Pool’s “Tear Away” in WM 18 (on the actual broadcast “Superstar” played during the pyro not “Tear Away” like on the DVD)
The Bossman hanging is uncut and in full on Tagged Classics!
It’s on Anthology too. What’s your point? My point is Tagged Classics aren’t unedited PPV airings. they are simply transfers of old releases and maintain whatever edits were made on the originals. A lot of the originals were edited especially from about 2001 onwards due to music licensing and stuff. An example of this is the 6 pack Challenge championship promo on Unforgiven 1999 which originally contained music from Fear Factory and System of a Down but is dubbed with generic music on the VHS and thus is dubbed on Tagged Classics too.
Or you can get the PPVs on any tape trading forum for much cheaper.
they have the american dvd of it on amazon
The reason for the edit with Test and D-Lo was because when it aired live they showed the M&M’s logo as it was the sponsor for Wrestlemania 15.
If WWE wants this Network to take off as well as it needs to to survive, they better keep their edits to the bare minimum copyright issues, and none of this gratuitous overprotecting of their company image.
I wouldn’t be Shocked if Wwe edited out Vince Hugging his own Daughter . I can see it now “Coming Soon to DVD and Blu ray Wwe Home Video presents Wwe greatest Edits “
I would be willing to bet that the Wrestlemania XV disc was edited for content specifically for Wal-Mart which will be the primary distribution channel for these discs. It’s really no different than music studios providing Wal-Mart with the edited versions of albums.
Any truth to the rumor that George Lucas got his hands on the Mania 15 re-release? This is up there with Greedo shooting first.
WWE have been airing WM17 on Classics on Demand this month and if you want to talk about edits, they really butchered it…just makes me glad i own the original prints of WM15-18 on DVD.
Obviously they removed the Benoit vs. Angle match, but they also removed all backstage segments involving Steph/Trish/Vince/Linda and the lead-up match promo with Vince/Shane was completely removed. Not sure why.
On one hand its great to have the scratch logo back, but on the other hand editing out footage from past events like choking, promos, segments, and basically rewriting history is not cool. Those things should be left untouched.
Going forward thats fine given the current product, but i hate how they’re actually going back it deleting and altering these things.
I guess one reason I assume is WM15 is PG on the back of the case instead of TV-14. WWE was still rated PG up to end of 1998 which included the PPVs and they probably just wanted to make WM15 as PG as possible for the DVD release.
Both WM XIV and WMXV have the TV-14 rating on the back.
Just Terrible. I’m happy I cancelled them all for now. Glad i own all the actual WWF dvds and the Anthology version now. Would have loved though to have mania 14 uncensored though. Would like more info on if the earlier manias (1-12) are muted at all when WWF is mentioned. I assume they are.
are the new re-releases single sided or double sided like the set from 05 and which is a better value the vol 1-4 or the re-releases?
Right now all 4 volumes of the Wrestlemania Anthology are under $20 newnon Amazon, which figures ou
t to about $4 each. So that’s a much better value.
Editing out choking? Ridiculous…have they done the same on the pre-WM XV DVDs?
The pre-WM XV DVDs are just exact copies of the Anthology versions by the sounds of things.
This one here. The older gentleman next to the dudley kid giving the middle finger for those who don’t know… That’s the infamous Sunglasses Guy from ECW. He always sat right next to Hat Guy in the old ECW Arena.
Just a lil tidbit for ya tit!
Could you also find outfor me if 4,5,6 and 7 are a single disc or a two disc?
Sadly, I’m guessing these WMXV edits (choking, etc) will be the go-forward norm. I’m glad I have the original ’99 DVD (and got it maybe 3-4 years ago, prices have gone up). Great, informative article. I too was hoping the WMXIV was unblurred; as an Anthology owner, no need to get the stand alone disc.
Just the 2 sides of the coin really. On one side, you get these events unburred once again, but on the other side they are still edited. Knew there’s was no way they’d be unedited, but if you’re not concerned about Bossman being hung and hate blurrs, then I guess these releases might be up your alley…
They’re not still edited, they’re newly edited. I disagree with you that we “knew there’s was no way they’d be unedited”, because this show has never been edited in this manner before in its prior releases (1999 VHS, 1999 DVD, 2005 DVD). As far as I’m aware this is the first time that WWE has edited a PPV DVD for violence, using B-reel footage and such. Take the choking in the Rock/Austin match, for example. That match was unedited as recently as the 2011 Austin DVD.
That’s what I meant, they’re still edited, period.
And true, but Bossman’s hanging has been cut plenty of times on compilation sets, and given the PG Era, I’m sure they want to market the history of WM to all audiances young and old.
I was just wondering if these WrestleMania DVD’s will be available at Canadian Walmart’s??
If i was a bettin’ man, i’d bet this WrestleMania XV version would be perfect for a Saturday Morning Slam special. lol
Lucky thing i already have WM 14 on vhs and the ORIGINAL dvd version on WM 15 cuz these other volumes don’t have a single wwf edit so…i agree i’m better off getting the vhs releases either way
Wow what a crock of shit.
I might as well convert the WM 14 tape I have than buy this.
Aahah very nice to know I wa sgoing to pick the WM XIV but now I know instead be picking the 9 and 10.. Also wanted to know since I got a region free dvd player, is the Wrestlemania 14 Tagged Classics have the DX band performance at the start of the PPV or it’s exactly the same as the WM 14 on the Anthology set? Thanks guys!!
The WM 14 Tagged Classics does have the DX Band performance at the start.
cool, hey thanks!!
This is super helpful. Thanks
These releases are great. Now, once and for all, there’ll be proof that including Chris Benoit in a positive light (those promos are really designed to prove how passionate, tough and determined the respective performers) will have no mainstream impact whatsoever.
Sure, maybe this won’t mean that WWE will automatically reinstate his footage, but at least the very few fans on the Internet who serve as fear-mongering puppets will have to drop that argument once and for all.
I have the original WM XV DVD release. I found it at a game stop back in 2003 in near mint condition for like $7 and pounced on it. Exactly how rare is the DVD though?
The most you can find it for is $25-$30. Not really rare in the money aspects (surprisingly).
I was not planning to sell the original Wrestlemania anthology and seeing this confirms that I should not sell it
definitely will be pick up the original wrestlemania 15 DVD now instead of this.
I hope people find out about this and sales of these discs tank. Totally lazy of WWE.
Someone please get me up to speed: Why is “Superstars of Wrestling” blurred out on the old banners in the areas. I noticed this on the the new Bret Hart dvd. Thanks.
Perhaps because the word “wrestling” is there? That would be so lame if it’s true hahaha
Basically WWE no longer own the copyright to the name “SuperStars Of Wrestling” some other wrestling organisation now owns the rights to that name. (Can’t remember which one though.)
That’s dumb. Why should WWE have to blur it out if it’s from the past and a time in which they owned it? This country’s patent and copyright laws are completely stupid.
very true lp1 don’t think wwe will want any fans to have an unedited version as others here have pointed out they seem very content at re writing their own history to suit their needs at any given time
looks like tagged classics are still the ones to beat still part of me thinks wwe will release another anthology on blu ray for WrestleMania 30 but if these edits stay intact it will be just for completion of a collection much like the current anthology such a shame i know it’s only a few seconds here and there and aside from the blurs many fans would love to own an unedited version of all manias not just us lucky ones who have tagged classics which of course are now limited
The Tagged Classics aren’t perfect either. Sure they are unblurred and the WWF is allowed to be spoken, but the early Manias (1-7) are heavily butchered with missing match intros and missing backstage interviews. Unless you have copies of the original live pay-per-view versions of every WrestleMania then there really is no perfect solution. Anthology, Tagged classics, pick your poison.
True, but unless you recorded every PPV and still actually own a VCR, the Tagged Classics are the same VHS releases by Coliseum Video, which also had extra content that was not shown on PPV. So you have your pros and cons of either option.
I have all the WrestleMania tagged classics 1-15 & Antholgy vol 1 so I could get all the stuff missed out on Mania 1-3 Tagged Classics, but I still want vol 2 to get a better picture quality for mania 9 & 10. Shame that WWE dropped the ball with this one for you US fans.
What a dissapointment. I’m not totally surprised though. I just can’t get over the HBK/Bret shot on the spine of XV dvd. How did that make it to press?!
Yup. There’s no excuse for that. I don’t care how “rushed” these releases are. That’s just plain laziness to not catch that.
The way the prices have dropped for the original WrestleMania Anthology sets, it’s still cheaper to buy the 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15 sets than it is to buy these individually. You’re getting the same exact material. As for Mania 15, the best bet is still to find the original DVD release from 1999.
lots of PG edits. Well I understand. Why remove the Undertaker video though! I wonder if there is a reason WWE doesn’t release them as TV-14… other DVDs have been TV-14 recently
Wow. They went out of their way to mess up WrestleMania 15 the way they did. I’m glad I have the original WWF release. This was a very informative article. Now I will not be wasting $100+ on WM 1-14. Now, IF they ever truly re-release 1-14 without edits, probably won’t be until possibly some time after WrestleMania 30, but even then, I’d be concerned about what else they’ll want to edit out to match whatever morals they may have attained since their original production.
glad I have the UK Tagged classics
Yeah, I have them too. And it’s cool to have the videos we actually owned transferred to DVD. But I’m in the U.S., and my European Sony DVD player won’t play on my newer Sony HDTV.
Tagged Classics are also edited too…especially the earlier WM events specifically 4-7 since they are just direct transfers from the VHS release that cut 4 hrs down to 3…the Anthology versions are the full ppv versions.
Thats the only upside on getting the Anthology versions.
I guess we can assume WM4-7 are on double-sided DVDs, since all events are on plain silver discs.
Was hoping for a new copy of WM XIV.
Dont Mind Wrestlemania’s 1-13 being the anthology versions back from 2005, But really wanted Wrestlemania 14 to not have the blurring, dont care about the other edits but just did not want no blurring and now we know it has its a shame and its getting harder to pick up on tagged classic here in the UK, Its good that Wrestlemania 15 has no blurring and WWF Logo is shown and the other edits are bit pointless to be honest and its like they are re writing their own history, If these get released here in the UK im 100% picking up Wrestlemania 15,
Have Wrestlemania 2000, 17 and 18 on tagged classic, so it will go nice along that.
On a side note for Wrestlemania 14 to still include the Christ benoit dont try this at home is bit stupid as they dont want anything related to benoit and would be the first thing they would edit out but shows that they were lazy enough not to even remove that let alone release it without the blurring, Kids going to find out who is benoit now shame WWE Haha…
The others being the anthology version is was kinda expected since they are budget releases.
My wallet is safe, and my original XV DVD is safe. Disappointing to say the very least, we need to petition the WWE to make new transfers for ALL!
im sure wwe will just play waiting game on this stuff. 25 year box set or something
what a shame
Seems very rushed.
There were last minute additions
Indeed Shaun still looks nice for only 10
Any truth to the rumor that George Lucas helped produce the WM 15 rerelease?